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Remembering Donald Byrd (RIP 1932-2013); an American jazz and rhythm & blues trumpeter, and educator, who spanned generations; as a sideman for many other jazz musicians, but especially  as one of the only bebop jazz musicians who successfully pioneered the funk and soul genres while simultaneously remaining a jazz artist.

Almost from the day he arrived in New York City in 1955 from his native Detroit, Mr. Byrd was at the center of the movement known as hard bop, a variation on bebop that put greater emphasis on jazz’s blues and gospel roots. Known for his pure tone and impeccable technique, he performed or recorded with some of the most prominent jazz musicians of that era, including John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins and the drummer Art Blakey, considered one of jazz’s great talent scouts. As a bandleader, Mr. Byrd was sometimes a talent scout too — one of the first to hire a promising young pianist named Herbie Hancock, who, like Mr. Byrd, would later be called a renegade for an approach that won a wide audience but displeased many critics.

Part I – The Acoustic Years

01. I’ve Longed & Searched For My Mother
02. Here I Am
03. Fuego
04. Ghana
05. Janine
06. You’re Next
07. French Spice
08. Christo Redentor
09. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
10. Slow Drag
11.  Blackjack
12. Mustang
13. Kofi

Part II – The Electric Years

01. The Donald Byrd Seven – Kwame – Recorded live in Boston
02. Blackbyrd
03. The Blackbyrds – Baby
04. Lansana’s Priestess
05. Street Lady
06. Dance Band
07. Wild Life
08. (Fallin’ Like) Dominoes (Live)
09. The Blackbyrds – Time Is Moving
10. Think Twice
11.  You & The Music
12. Wilford’s Gone
13. I Feel Like Loving You Today
14. Wind Parade
15. Pretty Baby
16. Loving You
17. Love Has Come Around
18. Lansana’s Priestess (Kon Re-Edit)

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